Big boost for Ka Pai Kai South Waikato
A unique project that ensures healthy lunches are offered to all schools within the South Waikato has received a major funding boost.
Ka Pai Kai South Waikato’s healthy school lunches programme is one of three initiatives to be awarded a Momentum Waikato Vital Waikato Grant.
The grant recipients have received a share of a $1 million funding pool, providing a much needed injection to give their work a boost.
Momentum Waikato, the region’s community foundation, sought applications for initiatives that would create transformational positive change, focused on working together to improve community connectedness, or developing better education and pathways for youth.
Ka Pai Kai will use their funding boost to offer healthy, nutritional and affordable lunches to all schools within the South Waikato and income gained through the initiative will also enable a training cafe to educate and support at risk youth to transform their personal wellbeing, and provide pathways to further training.
Momentum Waikato Chief Executive Cheryl Reynolds says this programme is about making sure children in the district have access to affordable food choices every day and are learning how to make healthier choices.
‘‘Ka Pai Kai inspires families, schools and local organisations to connect and come together to find win-win solutions for their tamariki,’’ she said
‘‘Momentum Waikato is proud to support this important project.’’
Kacey Maaka, chairperson of Ka Pai Kai, said the organisation was working in partnership with other local organisations, local and central government, education and social service providers, and local suppliers to ensure children were provided with healthy food choices now and in the future.
Board member Zaynel Sushil said adult and childhood obesity was a growing health concern in New Zealand.
The inaugural Momentum Waikato Vital Waikato Grant was also awarded to Sustainable Coastlines and Puniu River Care.
Details of the next funding round for the Vital Waikato Grant will be announced later this year.
Kacey Maaka, Cathy Baker, and Sarah Turpitt are passionate about the Kai Pai Kai healthy lunch programme.